With Ro Khanna defeating eight-term incumbent Mike Honda, for the first time in history the Indian Diaspora has three of its own in the US Congress. Ritu Jha reports from California. IMAGE: As a former deputy assistant secretary in the US Department of Commerce under President Barack Obama and for his work as a vice president of Strategic Initiatives at Smart Utility Systems, Ro Khanna is admired by Silicon Valley companies. Photograph: Ritu Jha J ust like the last time Fremont-based attorney Ro Khanna, 40, a Democrat, challenged United States Congressman Mike Honda, also a Democrat, in District 17 of California theirs was one of the most heated Congressional races in the country. What was different this time was that the challenger leaped ahead of the eight-term incumbent. Khanna won 59.8 percent (85,311) of the votes while Honda secured 40.2 percent (57,378). Khanna's win puts three Indian Americans in the US Congress, a huge leap for a community that has had only three of its own — always one at a time — in the Congress since it first arrived on American shores. If Representative Ami Bera retains his seat in the Congress, the tally will go up to a… Read full this story
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